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A 21-Year-Old Man With “Sloshing” in the Chest

Shoeb Ahsan, MD; Drew Thompson, MD; Rob Arntfield, MD
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Department of Medicine, Western University, London, Ontario, Canada

CORRESPONDENCE TO: Shoeb Ahsan, MD, Department of Medicine, Western University, 800 Commissioners Rd E, London, ON, N6A 5W9, Canada


Copyright 2016, American College of Chest Physicians. All Rights Reserved.


Chest. 2016;149(6):e169-e171. doi:10.1016/j.chest.2016.01.035
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A 21-year-old man presented to the ED with a 2-month history of chest pain. During the preceding several days, he described hearing “sloshes” in his chest with positional changes, which ultimately prompted his visit. He has a history of epilepsy and was compliant with his phenytoin therapy.

Further questioning suggested a history of a possible fall 2 months prior, while intoxicated. Subsequent to this event, he had been having intermittent pain in his chest. He denied fevers, night sweats, chills, cough, or shortness of breath. He denied ever having similar symptoms in the past. The pain was not worse on exertion nor positional. He is unemployed and uses marijuana occasionally. He denied any other drug use.

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